Sven studied optometry in Berlin and Philadelphia and has several years of experience in working as an optometrist in the UK and in Germany. Following completion of a PhD in Vision Sciences at GCU in 2008 and postdoctoral work at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology in Glasgow, Sven joined the faculty at GCU as co-ordinator of the postgraduate course ‘Therapeutic Prescribing for Optometrists’. In 2012 he took up a full-time academic position as lecturer in Vision Sciences, and became programme leader of the MSc Clinical Ophthalmology & Vision Research. Sven’s research interests are in structure and function of the eye in health and disease. More recently, Sven has developed an interest in public health aspects of eye care. Sven has attained Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry and is a member of various professional organisations including the College of Optometrists (UK) and the Vereinigung Deutscher Contactlinsen-Spezialisten und Optometristen (VDCO). In addition to his roles at GCU, Sven is a visiting researcher at the IOBA Eye Institute at the University of Valladolid, Spain, and a visiting lecturer at Buskerud and Vestfold University College in Kongsberg, Norway, and Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany.